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Baltimore police investigate 3 early morning shootings

Three people were injured in separate shootings early Wednesday, city police said.

Police were called to a shooting at 1:58 a.m. in the 100 block of N. Carey Street, where they found a man who had been shot in the leg. He was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

About an hour earlier, at 12:47 a.m., officers were called to the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Ave. in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood where they found a man who had been shot in the buttocks. He was taken to an area hospital.

Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to call Western District Detectives at 410-396-2477.

Police were also called to a local hospital early Wednesday where a man was being treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. Police have not yet determined where the shooting occurred. Anyone with information is ask to call Northeastern District Detectives at 410-396-2444.

Police on Friday also announced the arrest of a man wanted in connection with a shooting.

Demetri M. Kimbrough,...

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Man killed in East Baltimore shooting

A 26-year-old man died after he was shot multiple times in East Baltimore Tuesday night, police said.

The victim was reported to be shot just after 10 p.m. in the 1200 block of Darley Ave., in East Baltimore Midway, police said. He was transported to an area hospital, where he died.

Police did not release any information on a suspect or motive. Homicide detectives were investigating, and anyone with information may call 410-396-2100.

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Ferguson protesters take to Baltimore streets

Hundreds of demonstrators turned out in Baltimore to voice frustration and solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo., marching through downtown streets and shutting down the entrance to Interstate 83.

At Morgan State University, students blocked several intersections near campus, forming a giant square at Loch Raven Boulevard and Cold Spring Lane, shouting "No justice, no peace."

Protesters lined Mount Royal Avenue holding black umbrellas near the Maryland Institute College of Art, while someone used black spray paint to write "R.I.P. Michael Brown" on the side of a mobile Baltimore Police command center in South Baltimore.

Police said the demonstrations were mostly peaceful. Hourlong traffic backups caused the most commotion, with officers shutting downtown streets to allow marchers to make their way around the Inner Harbor and City Hall. Demonstrators said they just wanted people to stop and listen.

"That's the only way we're going to be heard," said Davon Perry, 26. "We have to be...

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Father charged in 4-month-old son's death

A man is charged with killing his infant son last week, city police said.

Christopher Banner Sr., 20, was arrested and charged Thursday in the four-month-old's death, after the child died at a hospital earlier the same day, police said.

Officers were called Tuesday to a home in the 1600 block of E. 28th St. in the Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood, where Banner's son, Christopher Banner Jr., was not breathing. Officers administered CPR and the boy was taken to an area hospital but died early Thursday morning. The cause of death was blunt force trauma, police said.

Police said Monday that investigators were waiting for autopsy results to determine how the child died.

Banner is charged with multiple counts of child abuse, assault and reckless endangerment. He is being held at the Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center without bail.

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More Baltimore jail staff indicted as top official testifies on corruption

Prosecutors announced new indictments Monday of Baltimore jail staff, the same day a top corrections official testified in the federal corruption trial of eight inmates and corrections officers about the difficulty containing misconduct in the system.

Those charged in the new indictments include a correctional officer and a contractual food service employee at the Baltimore City Detention Center who are accused of trying to deliver tobacco and other contraband to detainees. A 46-year-old volunteer yoga instructor also is accused of smuggling more than a half-dozen cellphones into the nearby state-run facility for federal detainees.

A number of civilians have been charged in recent weeks with attempting to smuggle contraband into certain facilities, according to prosecutors. Corrections officials said they brought the allegations to the attention of prosecutors — evidence, they said, of continuing efforts to combat corruption in the jails.

"While the majority of our 11,000 employees do...

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Officer 'fighting for his life' after pursuit police said should have stopped

One Baltimore police officer remained in grave condition Monday after the patrol car he was in slammed into a telephone pole Sunday afternoon after continuing a pursuit his commanding officer had called off.

A female officer, who also was in the car, remained in critical but stable condition with broken bones. The crash also involved the driver of a moped police said the officers had pursued, who was also injured and is hospitalized.

"One officer at this moment is fighting for his life at [Maryland] Shock Trauma [Center]," Baltimore police Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said.

The crash occurred about 1 p.m. Sunday in Northwest Baltimore. The incident began after an officer saw a group of dirt bikers assembling in an alley, police said. Upon being spotted by police, the riders fled on their bikes, except one man who ran. The officer followed in his marked patrol car and saw the man hop on the back of a moped that stopped to pick him up.

Patrol officers in the area caught and lost...

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